Design students raises money for charity with Christmas cards

James Harrison

A talented design student who created and sold her own charity Christmas cards is looking forward to seeing the money raised do some good.

Sophie Mahmud, who is currently in her final year of a fashion graphics course at Southampton Solent University, was able to make a donation to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal after selling about 100 cards in November.

The 20-year-old, from Lesters Road, Cookham, collected about £60 after festive season fans bought the originals through her website.

“Last year I wanted to do some fundraising, but I didn’t really know how to go about doing it,” she said.

“Every year there are appeals for help, but I wanted to do something a bit different so I thought I should be using my talents and I came up with the card idea.

“I didn’t expect the response I got – 20 packs of cards might not sound like much, but it raised £60 which can provide so much for people.”

The aspiring designer is also currently leading a competition to design a tote bag for online retailer ASOS.

Visit to find out more and vote.

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